Crimson Tide Blanks Maine, 16-0, in Baseball’s Tuesday Contest
Alabama baseball recorded a season high for runs in the Tide’s 16-0 shutout win over the Maine Black Bears on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the victory, UA is now 18-4 on the season and has won the last 10 games at home.
"This was a really good win for us all the way around,” said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. “I was really excited about the way we swung the bats tonight, a lot of hard contact. We had a lot of extra-base hits in the lineup, and I was really excited to see that after the weekend in Ole Miss. I was also really excited about Tyler (Ras). I think he's gotten better every time out; his pitchability is showing up more. It was just a really good win for us after the tough day on Sunday."
Alabama’s bats collected 16 hits and 11 walks on the way to a season-high 16 runs. The Tide saw eight of its nine starters record at least one hit, led by three-hit performances from sophomore Tyler Gentry and freshman Drew Williamson. Gentry closed out his night at 3-for-5, just a triple short of the cycle, and added two RBI and a team-high tying three runs scored. Williamson was a perfect 3-for-3 and contributed two runs scored, with his three-hit performance setting a new season-high total for the first-year starter.
Joining Gentry with a home run was junior Morgan McCullough and freshman T.J. Reeves. McCullough’s home run was a solo shot, his first of the season, while Reeves kept his in the park for the Tide’s first inside-the-park home run since 2015. The freshman also contributed three RBI, a pair of walks and three runs. Leading the Tide in RBI was Joe Breaux, with the senior registering a career-high four.
On the hill, the Tide used five arms to secure the shutout victory. In total, the Alabama pitchers struck out 13 while walking only four with each arm collecting at least one strikeout by night’s end. Freshman Tyler Ras (1-1) led the way, earning the win with a career-long 5.0 innings of three-hit baseball. The right-hander walked only one while striking out five before handing it over to the bullpen.
Alabama piled on the runs, scoring at least one in all but the first inning. The Tide put up three apiece in both the second and third frames before one in the fourth. UA added a pair in the fifth, one in the sixth, five in the seventh and one final tally in the eighth for the 16-0 win.
The Crimson Tide will now shift its focus to the No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks this weekend at The Joe. The two SEC West foes will meet for a 6 p.m. first pitch to begin the series on Friday followed by a 2 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1 p.m. air time on Sunday. All three games can be seen live on SEC Network+.
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